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Romanian Programmer Turns ‘Crazy Idea’ Into $6 Billion Fortune

  • Daniel Dines launched startup in Romania after Microsoft stint
  • Automation-software maker raised $1.3 billion in U.S. debut
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WATCH: Daniel Dines, CEO and co-founder of UiPath Inc, discusses the company's successful debut on the New York Stock Exchange in a $1.3 billion IPO. (Source: Bloomberg)
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Daniel Dines struggled with life in the U.S. after leaving his native Romania in 2001 to work for Microsoft Corp., but the experience created the foundation for one of the world’s biggest fortunes.

The software programmer returned to his homeland in 2005 to start the business known today as UiPath Inc., an automation-software maker that debuts Wednesday after raising $1.3 billion in a U.S. initial public offering. Dines, the company’s chief executive officer, controls a stake worth more than $6 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.